How to Use This Blog

Since we have lots and lots of videos here, you will need to know the best way of finding what you are looking for. Each post has the video(s) of the topic it is about. Sometimes there will be more than one video that is a continuation of the previous one. These videos will be posted together within the same post. To find what you are looking for, either use the search box or the list of categories posted in the right column.

The IQ system is constantly evolving, so please keep in mind that some of the older videos may show features that have been replaced by newer ones, or buttons that have changed position or names. However, the videos have not been removed because the methods demonstrated are still valid.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Creating a block from a pattern

In this video Sonya shows how to create a pattern and then change it into a block to save for future use.
This is in answer to a question an iQ user had when watching one of Tonya's videos on the iQ Summit of Machine Quilting Academy. There are links to that site on the right. It is a very valuable source for iQ demonstrations and lessons.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Applique with a background fill of rays.

In this video I am adding a background fill of rays to an applique quilt. This is real time but because I am talking, I am going more slowly than I did for the rest of the quilt. I always say the name of the button I am touching so don't worry if you miss seeing me touch a button. 
iQ stitches rays so beautifully and they make a good background fill. My rays are spaced at 10ยบ, but if a denser fill was needed, a rays pattern with smaller spacing could be made. You can find the instructions for creating ray patterns by choosing 'rays' in the right hand side menu here. Scroll down until you find the relevant post. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Using Tweak to adjust pantograph patterns, by Jessie Zeigler.

This link will take you to Jessie Zeilger's blog where she demonstrates how to use Tweak to adjust pantograph rows to make them interlock perfectly.  

Tips for Precise Alignment of pantograph rows from Jessie Zeigler (Longarm League)

I recently came across Jessie Zeigler's blog and web site. She uses an iQ and has great video demos as well as written help for all longarmers.

This link will take you to a post with tips for precise alignment of digital patterns. 


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Row height and Pattern height.

Row height and Pattern height and the relationship between the two can be confusing. The most important number is always Pattern height. This should never be greater than the distance the throat space of your machine allows you to stitch before needing to advance the quilt. In my case, with an 18" Gammill Premier, I cannot quilt more than 11" safely. 

Row height is the only number that can be changed by using the keypad. Changing the row height simply changes the scale of the pattern and therefore the number of rows, as shown here. The first screenshot shows the row height at 12", so there are only 5 and a bit rows on this quilt. The second screenshot shows a reduced row height of 5", which increases the number of rows and scales down the whole design.

Pattern Height is a combination of Row Height and Gap, or to put it mathematically correct, pattern height = row height - gap. 
Pattern Height only changes when the gap, or space, between the rows is either increased or decreased. This usually happens when the pattern needs to nest, like this pattern. In the first screenshot below, you can see that row height and pattern height are the same, but there's too much empty space. The rows are all 5", with no overlapping. The black lines define the rows. There is one row between them. 

In order to get rid of that empty space, the pattern needs to nest. This is done by changing the Gap.

As the Gap is closed, the pattern nestles into place. You can see that the Gap button is highlighted in the screenshot below. It is being changed by tapping the down arrow, or by sweeping the screen. The rows are now overlapping - the black lines here still define one row, but it has now overlapped the rows above and below it. The pattern is filling the space. In the process its scale has changed - it has become larger.

Look at the numbers - Row Height combined with Gap is the Pattern Height, or specifically in this case where it's hard to see the numbers on the screenshot 5"- -2.463" = 7.463". (the double negative becomes a plus.) 
In the rare event that the gap is increased, spreading the rows apart, the gap number will not be a negative. 

Changing the Gap, changes the Pattern height.

If the Pattern height is too great after altering the Gap, touch the Row height button and decrease it until the Pattern height is suitable for your machine. Decrease it by either tapping the minus button, sweeping the screen or by using the keypad. If you are a good mathematician, you will be able to enter the correct number on the keypad to get the pattern height you want. (In my case, I just keep guessing.)

Always watch the Pattern height.


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Apple Core Basket Weave Pattern by Sonya Kemmerer Chinn

Another great video by Sonya where she takes you through the steps to create a basket weave pattern.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Matchmaker Table runner - An Urban Elementz video

This is a complete project, piecing and quilting. The iQ quilting starts at about the 19 minute mark.
The "Matchmaker" by Melonie Caldwell is stitched. It is available at

Caballero Dahlia - An Urban Elementz video

We are utilizing the digital Caballero Dahlia pattern designed by Jessica Schick (available at urbanelementz,com) for the background Dahlia in this one of a kind quilt. Part II will conclude the digital quilting in the background. 

Note: where the clipping block mistake is made (and many of us have done that), at around the 48 minute mark, there is no need to back right out. Simply touching Cancel instead of Accept on the clipping confirmation page would have eliminated the clipping block and replaced all the missing designs. At that point add block > no-sew zone can be chosen.

Winter Table Runner - An Urban Elementz video

Having fun with a Digital quilting pattern for an easy project for the holidays or gifting. Also, stay tuned, as we utilize this finished project in other projects soon. "Winter" designed by Jessica Schick, available at

Couching Winter Table Runner (Part 2 of winter table runner) - An Urban Elementz video.

Still exploring the "Winter" digital design by Jessica Schick, available at This time, to embolden the design, we are using a variegated acrylic yarn with the Isacord variegated thread to really make that design pop.

Winter wonderland tree skirt with Merriment - An Urban Elementz video.

This video was made by Urban Elementz.  The Winter Wonderland Tree skirt is being finished with iQ. "Merriment" pattern by Patricia Ritter and Leisha Farnsworth is being stitched. This digital pattern can be purchased from